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Saturday 20 January 2018

In brief: Estates to be razed

THE Government is to demolish at least 40 unfinished developments across the country next year after a review found there was no possibility of the units ever being occupied.

The move was well-flagged and was first suggested last year after it emerged that many of the homes were built in areas with little or no housing demand, and were unlikely to ever become commercially viable.

FISH JOBS UNDER THREAT

MORE than 100 fishermen and fish factory workers face losing their jobs in a row over quotas and the dumping of fish catches.

The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority is to hold an emergency meeting with Ireland's largest whitefish operators, O'Flaherty Brothers, today in a bid to avert the loss of the trawler and factory jobs in Wexford. A total of 15 Kilmore Quay-based trawlers were ordered to stop fishing last Friday because of fears specific EU quota limits had been exceeded.

WAR DEAD HONOURED

THE victims of a ruthless killing that sparked one of the worst atrocities of the Civil War have finally been commemorated publicly – 90 years after their deaths.

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan unveiled a commemorative monument at Talbot Bridge in Knocknagoshel in Co Kerry yesterday, near the site where five Free State soldiers were killed by a booby trap mine on March 6, 1923. The following day, nine Republican prisoners were taken from Ballymullen gaol and were tied to a landmine that was then detonated in reprisal for the Knocknagoshel killings.

SPONSOR FOR TUBRIDY

RYAN Tubridy is close to landing a major sponsorship deal for his radio programme.

Head of 2fm Dan Healy revealed: "We're close to finishing a major deal with a sponsor for Ryan's show, which will be worth a big chunk of money." He would not reveal the details until it is signed. The news will come as a relief to the 'Late Late Show' host after his morning programme lost another 7,000 listeners in the latest JNLR figures.

FAMILIES FLEE BLAZE

A BLAZE broke out in the underground car park of an apartment complex, forcing several families to evacuate. It is understood that the fire started on Saturday between 8.30pm and 9pm when a van went up in flames.

It is believed the majority of the apartments in the Harbour complex in Athy, Co Kildareare are vacant. No one was injured in the incident on Nelson Street.

Irish Independent

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